All things dutch.
My oma is dutch so I grew up in NZ with a true affection for cumin gouda, klompen, poffertjes and speculaas. Yes it's true, I even love dropjes (salty dutch licorice). Visiting the Netherlands for the very first time in my 28th year, was like coming home. I love the quirky nature of the dutch, the symmetry of their houses (right down to the flower boxes lining their windows) and the green lushness of the countryside.
Get on your bike.
The great thing about the Netherlands, is that everywhere is so accessible. For a true dutch experience, you are best to explore by bicycle. The cycle paths are extensive and incredibly flat. Expect to see groups of people of all ages out riding.
A personal connection.
While I was out riding, I thought back to my oma's fond memories of her family's grand bicycle camping trips. Or how she would ride her bike back from Utrecht to Amstelveen every weekend, just so she could visit her family. The Netherlands is a country very close to my heart and I hope you enjoy exploring it as much as I do.
Travelling by van.
Not only did we pick up our Aramaoana in the Netherlands, but the country was incredibly van-friendly. The price of gas was affordable, the roads were all free and the camper parking app listed a bounty of free overnight parking places. Don't forget to add Holland to your European vanlife itinerary and be sure to stop into our favourite towns along the way.